I had been eating super healthy and exercising every single day for 17 days. I was keeping track of every day because I wanted to lose weight so bad. I had weighed in at 273. A number I could never say allowed. Not even my husband whom I had been married to for just a year knew this number. I didn't exactly know what I was doing or what my goal was, only that I needed to start going to the gym and eating better.
Weight loss was scary and I felt so overwhelmed with the whole idea. Each day after work, I would walk to the gym near my house which was less than half a mile. I would walk really fast on the treadmill because running was not something I could or wanted to do. Then I would come home after I was sweating enough that I felt I had done a good job. I would come home and eat some (yoplait) yogurt because I thought that was healthy. Then I would have some peanuts because nuts are good for you, right? Then that night I would have chicken and vegetables for dinner. I stuck to this for a month and a half until I just broke down and binged on Taco Bell and just couldn't take it anymore. Why am I telling you this story of my failed attempt at weight loss before kids? Because I have tried and failed numerous amounts of times before, but I was missing one key thought: Strive for Progress not Perfection.
All the times before now when trying to lose weight I would just give up anytime I "failed." It was too hard therefore what is the point. I ate like crap anyways, might as well just keep going. I was trading my desires for the moment rather than my desires for long-term. I didn't understand that it's okay to keep trying even when we think we fail. There is going to be tons of mistakes and choices you make when losing weight that may not be the best, but guess what? That is life! And you have to live it. You cannot control every little thing that happens so might as well accept that and just keep doing your best.
I have been extremely successful in my weight loss. I have lost over 100 lbs! I am still losing and building muscle. My body is constantly transforming and getting stronger. I am constantly learning about my body and how much farther I can push it. And all along the way I have not been perfect. Not even close! I have given into temptations, I have eaten an entire thing of ice cream. I have skipped many many many workouts. I have given myself little breaks to mentally recouperate. But I have still lost weight and am still doing that. I get asked by many others what they would suggest for someone just starting out and my number one piece of advice is just this! Just make sure you are striving for progress, don't try to be perfect. You won't ever be and that is the best part! You don't have to be and you will still see results. I think we give up easily because we think it't just too hard. While weight loss is challenging and makes you really practice patience, it's not meant to be difficult. When you feel like you can't handle certain things, just take a step back and realize what you can handle. If you working out 6x a week and feel that is too much, then only do 4-5. If you are craving all the foods every single day, give yourself 2 cheat meals a week. You just need to practice the habit of a balance healthy life not one of deprivation and misery!